hdsqrl: (SoundOfMusic)
I'm scooting this post back to the top of my LJ because this is a don't-miss event!  We'll be performing in the theatre at Rockhurst HS for two nights only - only 500 seats are available each night, so don't wait until it's too late!  If you've never seen the KCWC before, you'll be amazed at the sound this group is capable of.  All profits will go to the Women's Employment Network of KC, so it's all for a good cause as well!

KCWC - Spring 2010

Students and Seniors $10   Adults $15

hdsqrl: (FullCheeksSqrl)

I saw on my latest AmEx statement that if you join Longhorn Steakhouse's little e-club thingy, you'll get a coupon for a free appetizer.  This morning at work, I dutifully went to their site, signed up (https://news.longhornsteakhouse.com/lh_signup.jsp) and shortly thereafter got an email with a coupon for a free appetizer.  Yay!

Then!  About 5 and a half hours later, I got ANOTHER coupon via email for ANOTHER free appetizer, supposedly because it was our one-year anniversary from when we first signed up for their club.  Total computer glitch, but I'll take it and run, stopping here to share in the news with the rest of you.  :)

Now, I suppose it's entirely possible that exactly one year ago, we DID sign up for their club, but if so, why didn't their site prompt me that the email address was already in the system?  I'm guessing it's more along the lines of a glitch, really.

So...stop reading this!  Go!  Join their club!  And then proceed to NOM for free!!  :D
hdsqrl: (SoundOfMusic)
Just pushing this back to the top of my journal as a reminder to those who may have some free time this weekend.  You can buy tickets online or at the door, though I don't know if they'll be able to take credit cards at the door.  Cash and checks are fine there, though.


Saturday, April 18 at 7pm
Sunday, April 19 at 2pm

Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral
13th and Broadway, KCMO

$15 for adults
$10 for students and seniors

Click the image above to order tickets or go to www.boxofficetickets.com/kcwc
At some point you'll be asked for the name of the singer you're ordering through.  Please list me: Megan McLeod.  We're having a contest to see how many tickets we can sell online, and the grand prize is having our concert attire for the fall concert completely paid for.  :)

I hope you can come!
hdsqrl: (ORlyCat)
You Are a Snow Leopard
You have learned that you must rely on yourself, and yourself alone, to live a happy life.
You are understand the world better than most people you know. You are very perceptive and intuitive.

You need lots of space to think. If you don't get the space you need, you're likely to bite someone's head off.
Because you are so thoughtful and solitary, people find you to be intense and mysterious. You're even seen as intimidating.
hdsqrl: (EhhSqrl)
Does anyone have experience with the Good Feet orthopedic insoles (as sold by the Good Feet store)?

Brenna's been fighting back pain when she runs, and we've been to the dr who says her pelvis is crooked, and he's realigned her and given her exercises to do, but it's not an overnight fix.  In the meantime, she has 2.5 hours of soccer practice each day, and yesterday could barely practice at all due to the back pain.  Her coach has suggested insoles, and I know anything we get at WalMart or other regular store isn't going to help, but we don't have time enough to wait for a custom set to be made.

I've got a message in to the Doc to get his thoughts on Good Feet, but was hoping someone else out there has tried them and can give some kind of review in either direction.  We'd be looking at getting the Youth (6-mo lasting) inserts, not a lifetime pair, so the cost is at least a bit do-able.

Thanks in advance!
hdsqrl: (SoundOfMusic)

Hey all, here's a PSA I think you'll enjoy, should you be able to attend.  The Heartland Men's Chorus is having their spring concert on March 28 & 29 at the Folly Theatre in KC.  HMC is a primarily gay men's chorus, and they are absolutely incredible.  Have a listen here: http://www.hmckc.org/promo/Justice.aspx

Their director is also now the director of the KC Women's Chorus that I'm a part of, and we in the women's chorus are doing all we can to support them, just as they support us.  The focus of their concert is on civil rights, encompassing everything from the women's right to vote, to the anniversary of MLK Jr's I Have a Dream speech to the anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots (homosexual equality.)

It's sure to be an emotionally moving event, so if you're able to attend, please order tickets and go!  :)
hdsqrl: (MeganChrisSweet)
Many of you may know Amanda Cherry-Haus from KCRF.  She's started a photography business, and specializes in pin-up model shoots, glamour-type shots (totally not the same '80s kind of gig, no worries), and natural, follow-you-around-in-a-day-in-your-life type of shoots.  Her website is here: http://cherry-hausphotography.com/home

Some sample photos she took of me and Chris are below:

Pricing is way reasonable.  There are a couple of images of Wendy Morris on her site as well.  So if you're looking for some studio-esque shots or need a photographer for any reason, take a look.

And, side note: the day we went over to her house for these photos, I was kind of in a cranky mood, but agreed to the shoot as a favor for her to grab some images for her site.  Prior to the shoot, we watched some show that got me all weepy, so my eyes were red and I reeeally wasn't in top form for a photo session.  Even with all that, she still found a way to grab some amazing images!  My socks were indeed rocked.  :D
hdsqrl: (LOLcat)
Courtesy of grnvixen, I'm reposting this so it gets the appreciation it deserves:  http://www.vimeo.com/1509073?pg=embed&sec=1509073  It's everything a mom says in a day, set to the music of the William Tell Overture.

And piggybacking off of that, here's a song for all the parents of toddlers to enjoy:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qFffq8_gis

hdsqrl: (JazzHands)

You Are a Bengal Cat

You look wild, but deep down, you're really quite sweet.

You are curious about the world around you, and you love to explore.

You liked to swim and climb trees as a kid... and probably still do!

You are confident and energetic. You are ready to take on the world.

hdsqrl: (Closeup)
[Error: unknown template qotd]I was driving to work and flipped on the car radio.  I didn't listen to the news, but heard the pattern of speech and punched a different button in search of music.  More talking. *punch* More talking.  WTF?  Talking on every station?  Argh, fine, I guess I'll get the news, then.  

And then I listened.  My jaw dropped.  I looked around at the other drivers, wondering if what I was hearing was some kind of War of the Worlds-ish joke, and no one seemed stressed about anything.  As I listened, I fell into a state of shock and worry over my kids.  My kids!  They were at school!  Would they be sent home?  Do they even know?  Do I need to find a way to get out of work?  What do I do??  I got to work and ran inside (I was working at a call center at the time) and the TVs that hung from the ceiling that normally displayed our call stats were showing a very grainy news broadcast (they weren't hooked to cable, so they found the best broadcast station they could get), and everyone was on their feet, staring open-mouthed at the images of the planes hitting, again, again, again.

I called my kids' school and was told that school would continue as normal in order to keep things on an even keel for the kids.  All I could do was login, put on my headphones, and wait to see if anyone would call for tax help.  Very few did, and I remember I had had a customer chat with me via email a few days' prior, and that he had told me he worked in the Pentagon and that if I was ever in the area, to let him know and he'd give me a tour.  I dug up his email address and sent him a note, saying that I hoped he was okay, and that all of us were praying for him and everyone else over there.   It was months before I heard back from him (understandably) but I DID hear back, and his office was right next to where the plane hit.  He was okay, thankfully, but very shaken.  I don't think we emailed again after that.  He was the only person I knew in direct connection with the attack.

This past summer, I went to NYC and hoped to be able to see Ground Zero up close to pay my respects, but it was just a big hole in the ground with a bunch of construction equipment sitting around it.  Next month I'm slated to head that way again and will be working in one of the remaining World Financial Center buildings, so I should be able to look right down into the area.  I'm a little nervous about that, because of the emotion I suspect will swell up.

I don't have the words for how the events hold meaning for me now, other than I'm very glad to live in this country, and very glad to have the men and women supporting us throughout the world.  We're very very lucky to live in this country.  I need to go home and hug my kids again.  'Night, all.

hdsqrl: (BikerSquirrel)
 Gentle-people, start your engines!  Sept 14 is the annual March of Dimes Bikers for Babies run here in KC, and for the second year in a row, I'll be riding my own bike.  :)  Chris is also riding, and both kids will be along with us for the ride.  It's Connor's last year to ride for free, so this year, Chris and Brenna and I are all going about the business of raising money to benefit research to help premature babies.

Alrescate, I mentioned it once before right after the boys were born, that I'd love to ride in honor of your little ones this year.  I can scoop up a photo of them from your site and attach it to my bike, so with your permission, they'll get to come along for the ride, at least in portrait-form.  :)

My fundraising page is here:

If you'd like to donate to either Brenna or Chris, their fundraising pages are here:

Many thanks in advance to anyone able to drop a few dollars into the hat...every penny counts, so even if $1 is doable, it's much appreciated!  :D
hdsqrl: (LOLcat)
This should be required viewing for everyone in my office, especially since they just added an espresso machine to the kitchen area near where I sit:

Clicky clicky - couldn't get it to embed. 

No worries, it's work-safe.  :)
hdsqrl: (Closeup)

Your result for The Mythological Goddess Test...

hdsqrl: (LOLcat)
Queen's Gambit? I'll give you each a dollar if you do this version once a day at KCRF. ;)